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6/23/11 11:44 P

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Ants do not like cloves or talcum powder. Scatter some whole cloves around the area or sprinkle talcum powder on their trails. This works.

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6/23/11 10:11 P

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I'm not sure about your area, but here in northern Indiana we have had a lot of rain. I've found lots of ant hills in my yard and even some in the cracks of my paved drive. All this rain will definitely drive them inside. I've gotten some chemical spray and sprayed my foundation up to the siding as well as the sills around the basement. I've not had one ant in my house so far, yes it's not organic, but it doesn't matter to me when it may come down to contaminated food or wood eating carpenter ants. Also, I use in my garden a concoction of hot chili that's soaked in water with dish soap that makes it stick to my plants when it dries and it deters all manors of bugs and grubs.

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6/23/11 8:10 P

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Try sprinkling cornmeal across ant trails and around ant hills.

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6/23/11 5:14 P

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Ugh! I had to divide a daisy today because it was taking over a rose bush when all of a sudden my arm was stinging all over. I was covered with ants. I live up North and although they weren't fire ants the little buggers got me good. My DH said "that's what you get when you have an organic garden!" Then got his ankle bit emoticon

When I had a problem in the house I put down those little round ant traps away from where a pet could get to them and they really worked, if all else fails. Outside I heard last year that rue helps and tried planting it on top of the ant hill, but all they did was move somewhere else! Vinegar kills plants.

Boric acid and sugar (50/50) is an organic method.






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6/23/11 3:32 P

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I've heard that ants don't like peppermint. You can leave some crushed leaves where you have the problem and pets won't get sick from it.


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6/23/11 3:19 P

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Mix sugar and boric acid (a white powder also used to control roaches) and a little water. They drink the sweet mixture and die. But I just read the label and the mixture does need to be kept away from domestic animals, so it might well not be organic. I use it for the ants that come into my kitchen, by keeping a little cup on the counter.

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6/23/11 12:29 P

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I've read that when you squash an ant it releases a scent that tells the other ants that help is needed and to come quick.

I walk around the outside of my house and look at every section of my foundation to find the trail of ants walking up into my house. Then I put one of those ant sticks down next to them that have poison inside. Within a week the ants are gone. I feel bad doing that, and it is obviously not organic, and I ask the ants for forgiveness...yes, I'm a little strange. Now, I'm going to still look for the trail of ants but I'm going to try putting down those other organic suggestions and see how they work.

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6/23/11 12:21 P

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Thanks I'll try some of these out.

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6/23/11 11:27 A

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someone recently posted a website for getting rid of ants and I found it quite useful, but now I can't find the website.
this is what I was able to find, that had some of the same suggestions though:
http://frugalliving.about.com/od/doityou
rself/tp/Get_Rid_of_Ants_Cheaply.htm

vinegar, coffee grounds, spices, baby powder, corn meal. (I've used dry cream of wheat for my mail box and it worked perfectly!) I've used baby powder in the house, because it smells good. And in the kitchen window I used chili powder and that has worked as well. I still see the occasional ant, but nothing compared to what the problem could be, I think. =) I hope this helps you. Good luck!

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I don't know, but we have a bazillion of them on our front sidewalk. My little puppy (a maltese mix) gets covered in ants whenever he goes outside! When I try to rescue him, I always have 5 or 6 on each foot before I can even get back to the house. I used to be an ant fan, but these ants are ridiculous!

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6/23/11 11:11 A

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I am so sick of ants! The tiny pesky kind that when you smooch them they leave a sweet scent. How do you get rid of these tiny monsters. I have tried everything! They suck that Natural spray stuff up like it's candy and walk off laughing at me. I don't leave food out, and wash everything down - dishes, & counter tops and such, daily after cooking. I never leave anything open that would attract them either. Any suggestions??!

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